Staff Reporter

KOLKATA: “The principal Opposition party in West Bengal does not know how to tackle a situation using practical sense and logic,” Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee said here on Wednesday, referring to the ongoing Singur deadlock.

Mr. Bhattacharjee was addressing a meeting held in memory of Harkishan Singh Surjeet, veteran leader of the CPI(M), who passed away on August 1.

“Discussions to arrive at a solution are possible only when they are done on practical terms,” he said while hoping that good sense would prevail and the main Opposition party would come forward to help find a solution to the stalemate. “If the project does not happen at Singur, it would not only be disgrace to the State government, but a great loss and disgrace to the State and its people as well,” he said.

Mr. Bhattacharjee, however, said that he was hopeful of the project coming up in the State, giving employment to 12,000 people.

Not party’s view: Biman Bose

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) does not think that the right to strike can be snatched away from the working class, Biman Bose, Secretary of the party’s West Bengal State Committee, said here on Wednesday.

He was referring to Mr. Bhattacharjee’s remark on Tuesday that he “does not support bandhs.”

The Chief Minister’s view is not shared by the party, Mr. Bose said.

When asked by journalists whether disciplinary action would be taken against the Chief Minister for speaking out against the party’s view, Mr. Bose said the matter would be taken up within the party later. “Workers resort to strikes only when their just claims are denied by their employers. They do not go in for a strike out of happiness,” he said.

Mr. Bose said the right to strike existed even in the “so-called” developed countries such as France and the United States. “We cannot mortgage this right in a developing country like ours.”

“He is wrong”

Thiruvananthapuram Special Correspondent writes:

Kerala Chief Minister V. S. Achuthanandan too disagreed with Mr. Bhattacharjee’s view on gheraos and bandhs.

“I don’t think he expressed such an opinion. He is wrong, if he has said so,” Mr. Achuthanandan told journalists here on Wednesday during a Cabinet briefing.